HVAC systems come in all makes, models, shapes and sizes, so it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for your home. However, if you’re looking for a new heating system, one of the first factors to consider is whether or not to go ductless. So what’s the difference between central heating and a ductless heat pump? Read on to find out.
Central heating in Raleigh, NC
In the Triangle, central HVAC has been the standard for many years. The basic concept of central heating and air conditioning is that treated air is moved throughout the house via ductwork. A central HVAC system will typically consist of an air conditioner and a furnace, although a heat pump can perform both duties. Regardless, traditional systems rely on ductwork to bring warm, comfortable air into your home.
Ductless heat pump
So how does a ductless heat pump differ from a central HVAC system? Well, it’s all in the name. Ductless heat pumps, or mini-splits, operate without ductwork. Instead of a central unit and a series of ducts and air vents, you would use a few, or several, ductless units, depending on the size of your house.
Benefits of a furnace
Gas-operated furnaces are very reliable, especially when it comes to freezing temperatures. No matter what the outside conditions, your gas furnace will have a constant fuel source to generate heat for your home. However, if you use a central system with a heat pump, or you use ductless heat pumps, they’ll have to use electric strip heat when extreme cold rolls in this winter. This can increase your energy bills significantly.
Benefits of a ductless heat pump from Rapid Repair Experts
Winters in our area are typically mild with the occasional snowstorm. If you usually only experience a few nights a year with extreme cold temperatures, then mini-splits are right for you. Ductless heat pumps are highly efficient, and will only need to pull from auxiliary heat when the most severe cold front moves in. In addition, ductless units allow you to create “zones” in your home. This means that separate areas of your home can be warmed according to different people’s preferences.
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